Although it has been much added to over the years and has a blocky annexe in the garden, this family-run guesthouse has an old house in there somewhere.
There’s a proper bar with its own entrance and this, together with quite an official looking reception desk just inside the front door, makes it feel more like an hotel than a guesthouse.
Yet this is a refreshingly low-key place, with two very special features: the location, which is genuinely waterside; and the owners, James and Deirdre Waterhouse.
Tahilla Cove has been in the family since 1948, and run since 1987 by James and Deirdre who have the wisdom to understand why their many regulars love it just the way it is and, apart from regular maintenance, little is allowed to change.
Comfort and quiet relaxation are the priorities. All the public rooms have sea views, including the dining room and also a large sitting room, with plenty of armchairs and sofas, which opens on to a terrace, overlooking the garden and cove.
Accommodation is divided between the main house and the annexe; rooms vary considerably but all except two have sea views, many have private balconies, and all are en-suite, with bathrooms of varying sizes and appointments (only one single is shower-only).
Although dated (this is part of the charm), all are very comfortable and have phone, TV, hair-dryer and individually controlled heating.
It’s also a lovely place to drop into for a cup of tea overlooking the little harbour – and that’s the beautiful view that will begin each day as you enjoy breakfast in the dining room. Kenmare is nearby, with its choice of restaurants for evening meals, but a light supper is available on request if you don't feel like going out.